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Brewed by McAuslan Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 315   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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La stout impériale russe St-Ambroise est un hommage québécois aux stouts impériales anglaises de la fin du XVIieme siècle, qui étaient brassées pour la cour de l’impératrice russe Catherine II la Grande.

Faite d’un mélange de malts d’orge, la Stout impériale russe St-Ambroise est infusée aux houblons Cascade, Goldings et Willamette, ce qui lui donne un caractère houblonné remarquable avec une finale moelleuse. Brassée avec du bois vieilli dans le bourbon, cette ale corsée se distingue par son riche arôme fumé aux accents de vanille, d’expresso et de chocolat.

Servir la Stout impériale russe St-Ambroise entre 13°C et 15°C, de préférence dans un verre à porto ou un ballon à brandy. Comme cette bière se bonifie avec le temps, il est recommandé de la conserver dans un lieu frais et sombre durant quelques années.

St-Ambroise Russian Imperial Stout is Quebec’s tribute to the late 1700’s English Imperial Stouts, brewed for the Russian courts of Catherine the Great.
Made from a blend of barley malts, St-Ambroise Russian Imperial Stout is infused with Cascade, Goldings and Willamette hops, resulting in an outstanding hop-character with a smooth finish. Bourbon wood-aged, this full-bodied ale has a rich, smoky aroma with hints of vanilla, expresso and chocolate.

Serve St-Ambroise Russian Imperial Stout between 13°C and 15°C, preferably in a port glass or a brandy snifter. This stout will improve with age for a number of years. Store in a cool, dark place.


4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
italianjohn (2337) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2014
Black pour with a dark brown head and thick oily lacing ...... aroma of smoked wood, peated malts, roasted and chocolate malts with some coffee and bitterness ..... taste is bitter and dry with a smokey wood, definitely like a camp fire, smokey peated malts, chocolate and roasted malts, coffee and just bitter and very dry in the finish with a lingering bitter bite .... has a very distinct and detailed bitter smoke to it ...... well done abv hidden well

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4848) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Black with a dark khaki head. Nose is rich chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and espresso. Great palate, heavy coffee, roasted malts, light vanilla, hint of alcohol.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonnyguns (909) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours a deep black pour with a thick tanned head. Nose is dominated by cocoa powder and dry dark chocolate. Chocolate fudge is the first thing that comes to mind. Roasted coffee also can be found in there too. Taste has that upfront coffee bitterness that I crave in my imperial stouts, has me back and back for more! More dry cocoa powder and chocolate fudge round it off. Not overly sweet too which adds to its balance. Damn tasty brew and over exceeded expectations!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cuso (4595) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 20, 2014
Bottle (Vintage 2013) from my Secret Santa, many thanks Robin. Almost black colored beer with thick beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, cocoa powder, dark chocolate. Taste, chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, very light licorice, wood. Very smooth not sweet, tasty imperial stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jksipa (352) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2014
Bottle from the LCBO (2013 vintage). Pours a deep brown with a one finger deep khaki head. Nose is coffee and vanilla with dark fruits and a grassy background. Start is sweet toffee and vanilla which leads to a nice level of coffee and chocolate bitterness that produces a relatively dry finish. Bourbon comes out as it warms. Creamy full body with soft carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
YanIpa (144) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2014
Couleur intensement noir. Col brun superbe. Nez très riche et complexes de céréales grillés, café et de bourbon. Saveur similaire a l odeur, mais aténué par une saveur grillée. Très bonne après 2 ans de veillissement !!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MunBro (355) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 2, 2014
Pours a darker black than a dark star... Engine oil has nothing on this brew. Aroma of chocolates, espresso, also some vanilla and citrus notes. Tastes immediately of bourbon, oak, espresso, chocolates, roasted malts, burnt toffee and caramel. Thick, foam tan head that left some nice lacing. Robust and complex!

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cinctus (165) - - JAN 25, 2014
Pours impossibly black with thin brown head. Tastes like strong bitter black coffee, some bitter dark chocolate, yeast, hops, and malt. Powerfully flavoured, but not entirely enjoyable.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bulldogops (1048) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 11, 2014
Rating #900 - always try to dig up an overall 100 score beer for the big numbers - January 10, 2014 - bottle from Sherbrooke. Big bubbly black pour with a tan head that erupts from an aggressive pour. Aroma is heavy roast malt, caramel,mild vanilla. Taste is roast malt espressoey bitterness, medium-heavy alcohol character, but well tempered with the luxurious toffee sweetness. Impressive.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cargo150 (580) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2014
Couleur d’un noir TRÈS intense avec un col brun très résistant, d’une allure presque parfaite. Nez intense et complexes de grains grillés de café et de bois, a ce moment j’étais très confiant que cette bière allait être excellente avec son allure de perfection et son nez bien malté. En bouche grande déception, les grains grillés prennent presque toutes la place, laissant peu de place au café au chocolat a la vanille et au bois sur une moyenne amertume. Elle est complexes mais se bois très lentement et mal, selon moi elle est très surévalué a voir les cotes de tout le monde a par si la version 2013 a changé. De plus elle ma coûté très cher seulement pour une bouteille 341 ml. Constat finale, je ne la recommande pas a personne, elle a une belle allure un beau nez mais se bois mal et malgré son 9.2% on dirait que c’est beaucoup plus que ça... Je donne quand même une note potable car la moitié de la bière est réussi!


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